Have you ever had that moment where you looked at the date and thought, “Wow! Time has flown this year. Look what month it is already?”. I have this moment over and over again. I have realised that sometimes weeks pass by and I can’t really tell you what I have been doing, except to say “It’s been busy”.
Jeremy and I recently spoke about the day to day hustle and bustle which leaves one continuously glued to a phone, computer or television. Computers, phones and televisions – these things all keep us linked to the outside. They are also great stealers of time. We started to realise just how little time we actually spent together – as in our attention was not pulled in 4 or 5 other directions. So we decided to finish up our study and then make our bedroom a “tech-free” zone (as much as is possible). This means we spend time in the Word, reading or playing board/card games and catching up on how we really are. We limit our use of phones and laptops in the evening and try to keep technology out of the bedroom. Occasionally we will watch something and then head to bed.
Well, this week as I reading in the study, Jeremy mentioned how great it is not to be surrounded with all the noise and distractions. I couldn’t agree more! As I sat at my desk (we’re currently writing out Proverbs together), I took notice of how I have really enjoyed spending time in the Word and with my hubby. Mornings are particularly busy – so evenings are working for us when it comes to reading and studying the Word.
God began speaking to me about “stillness”. When last had I really become still in His presence? It isn’t so much about how much I pray and read the Word as it is sometimes about me hearing from God. Don’t get me wrong, you need to be reading the Word and praying, but also hearing from God. God speaks – and He isn’t going to yell and scream and nag – like us natural people are used to.
I read the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). I started to see myself as Martha – busy and running around. Maybe not in a physical way, but in my heart and mind, I know even when I’m reading the Word, my mind is distracted with worries, concerns, plans and other stuff. Why had I not put this aside and sat – still – in God’s presence? Surely God knows about the things that are happening – and maybe instead of me speaking, if I’d listen – I would have heard what He wanted to say to me through His Word about the situations. As I became quiet and allowed Him to speak, there was peace. Everything I needed was right there in His Word and His presence.
“Be still and know that I am God…” – Psalm 48:10
Be still – The word used here – râphâh – means properly to cast down; to let fall; to let hang down; then, to be relaxed, slackened, especially the hands: It is also employed in the sense of not making an effort; not putting forth exertion; and then would express the idea of leaving matters with God, or of being without anxiety about the issue.
Well this was a wake up call. How often do I ask God to take of something and before I have even said ‘amen’ – I pick up the very thing I have just ask Him to take care of up again. Sometimes my own impatience gets in the way of my miracle as I try and make a solution happen.
Learning to declutter your heart, mind and life is so important. Learning to be “still” is not learning to be “lazy”. We all need to look after ourselves wholisticly. Don’t waste your strength on always trying to correct things and making them happen. Learn to let God be God. For God to release what’s in His hand – you need to let go of what’s in your hand.
Learn to converse with God with the intent of hearing Him talk back not only to hear your own voice. God will speak to you through your day and use the things we so easily overlook because we are too busy/distracted to notice.
So take time to find a moment in your day to be still. To listen. To hear.
Keep living boldly and passionately!
From my heart to yours